The Wounded Knee Massacre and Children's Books
Waldman's book has been praised as "sympathetic" and "balanced" and "nonjudgmental." Yet how can one present a "balanced" picture of a tragedy that is still being mourned more than 110 years later? On the scale of justice, some things are heavier than others, and genocide is one of them. The basic struggle between the Native peoples and the encroaching Europeans is not difficult to summarize: while Indian peoples were struggling to maintain land, culture, and community, the whites were trying to take it all away--which they did, by murder, germ warfare, and wholesale kidnapping of children. How can anyone with integrity give a "balanced" account of that reality?
Waldman sounds like he'd be a fan of HBO's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. His version of history is reminiscent of Dick Wolf's.
For more on the subject, see Genocide by Any Other Name....